“Proper name” to not struggle Verstappen for Azerbaijan GP lead

The Mexican driver led the early laps in Baku after beating polesitter Charles Leclerc off the road, however struggled to match the race tempo of Verstappen after the primary digital security automobile intervals.

Perez suffered the same dip in tempo after a second digital security automobile interval when Kevin Magnussen stopped on observe for Haas, which led him to simply accept it was the “proper name” to not struggle Verstappen for victory.

“I would like to grasp it, proper now it didn’t really feel like I used to be hitting the tyres arduous on the time [on the first stint], it was proper as much as the digital security automobile the place we misplaced the tempo,” Perez stated.

“I believe all the way in which to that stage issues had been trying proper, issues had been trying OK, but it surely was primarily after the digital security automobile once we actually dropped the tempo massively.

“I’m positive it’s one thing associated to it, we most likely misplaced a little bit of temperature on these tyres at the moment, with some put on, so we’ve to grasp that and what occurred.”

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, passes Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing RB18, passes Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing RB18

Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photos

Perez misplaced the result in Verstappen initially of lap 15 when his team-mate handed him into Flip 1, however the Mexican was unable to reply for the remainder of the race and completed 20.8s off the win in second place.

“With Max, he was clearly quite a bit quicker at that stage of the race so it was the suitable name to not struggle as I didn’t have any tempo on the time. So Max deserved to be forward at that time,” he stated.

“We additionally boxed too late [under the first virtual safety car] so there have been a couple of issues that performed into the outcome at present. However on the finish of the day Max deserved the win as a result of he was the quicker automobile.”

Perez can also be looking for solutions about why Pink Bull didn’t pit him below the primary digital security automobile interval to cowl off Ferrari pitting Leclerc which he put right down to “miscommunication” inside the Pink Bull crew. The early cease gave Leclerc a web lead as soon as each Pink Bulls stopped, however his benefit on the entrance lasted for one lap earlier than he retired resulting from engine failure.

“There was some miscommunication with the digital security automobile, so we missed the chance to pit below it which was fairly expensive,” he stated. “Then we hit numerous degradation on that medium tyre after the digital security automobile.

“So there are some things to grasp from that at present. Definitely at present Max was quite a bit stronger in that section of the race. It was primarily about bringing it dwelling after the Ferrari subject.”

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Perez was nonetheless capable of decide up the bonus level for quickest lap later within the race, together with ending runner-up to Verstappen, and strikes as much as second place within the F1 world drivers’ standings above Leclerc, 21 factors behind his Pink Bull team-mate.

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